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four lemon bars stacked one on top of the other and finished with a dusting of powdered sugar and a slice of lemon on top
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5 from 4 votes

Easy Lemon Bars

These classic Lemon Bars have a sweet-tart lemon filling, a buttery crust and a beautiful pastel color. The perfect addition to a spring menu!
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Chill Time3 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best lemon bars, easy lemon bars, how to make lemon bars
Servings: 16
Calories: 323kcal

Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients

For the Crust

For the Filling

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • ¾ cups lemon juice, (about 6 whole lemons)

To Garnish

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced, for garnish, optional
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper with an overhang on the sides so it’s easier to pull out the baked bars. Set aside. 
  • Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and salt; beat just until combined.
  • Add flour, about ¼-cup at a time, and continue to beat until completely combined.
  • Transfer dough to previously prepared baking dish; spread it out and press on top to flatten.
  • Bake the crust for 20 to 23 minutes, or until lightly golden on top.
  • Remove from oven and set aside to cool for about 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, work on the filling:
  • Combine sugar, flour, eggs, and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl; whisk together until thoroughly incorporated and well combined.
  • Pour the filling over the previously baked crust.
  • Return to the oven and bake for 23 to 25 minutes, or until firm.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 1 hour at room temperature.
  • Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours, or until chilled. They are best if chilled overnight.
  • Once cool, lift up by the parchment paper and transfer to a cutting board.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut into 16 bars.
  • Garnish with powdered sugar and lemon slices.
  • Serve.
  • Cover and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg